Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: English Strong Ale
Bristol, England


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
BRISTOL VINTAGE 2011, is a beer we have created to celebrate the 1000th brew in our brewery. It only seemed right to celebrate this milestone with an extra special beer.

Tasting notes;
A very dark beer with a slight red hue to it, there is a sweet aroma of raspberries. It is a rich, full-bodied beer, with berry fruits to the fore and with chocolate and toasted notes. The finish lingers with a nice hint of oak and moreish hop bitterness. Bristol Vintage is delicious fresh, with the hop characters really prevalent, however it will age really well, developing flavour and complexity as the hop flavours diminish and the strong malt backbone of the beer takes over. Try it fresh, but also put a bottle away for months or years into the future. A unique, one and done beer, but hopefully the first of an annual release of a Bristol Vintage. An extra special brew day was required to produce the amount of beer we wanted to get, Simon starting the brew day off at 1am, and Chris finishing the day at gone 9pm. 3 mashes were required to produce the 6000 pints we wanted. Hops were selected from England, Germany, New Zealand and the US that all bring something different to the beer, and lead to a distinctive hop presence that compliments the malts and balances the beer. MD, Simon Bartlett, along with brewers Chris Kay and Brett Ellis have carefully selected 5 malts and 4 of our favourite hop varieties to make a full flavoured strong dark ale. After fermentation the beer was aged on some fresh English Oak to add another layer of complexity to it.

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fonefan (52414) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Unclear medium to dark red amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark fruit, light candy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20121208]

yespr (48931) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
50 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is mild citric and toasted malty. Wooden, toasted malty, mild mouldy and breadish. Dry and roasted malty finish.

Ungstrup (38958) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
Bottled. An amber beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of malt and cinnamon. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and spices, leadintg to a dry finish.

joergen (29624) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle at Papsø. Clear orange-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with oxidized notes. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and hops with oxidized notes. Hoppy fonosh.

anders37 (27635) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Bottled 2012 vintage. Ambery brown colour with a small head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, some slight nutmeg, floral notes as well as mild alcohol. Flavour is fruity and floral with some nutty and caramelly notes along with some fudge, alcohol and mild toasted notes. Some wood and vanilla in the finish.

madmitch76 (26448) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
1st January 2013
Hazy dark brown beer with a tidy pale tan head. Palate is softish with fine carbonation. Mild minerals. Fairly rich malt with mildly bitter dark toffee. Subtle dried fruits. Quite a bitter hop kick towards the finish which also provides a spicy bubblegum ester. Not bad.

cgarvieuk (26387) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 bottle at home ... deep red brown ... small tan head ... soft sweet cheewy roast nose ... light fizz ... rich dark fruits ... soft malt ... juicy fruits ... ligth metalic bitterness ... rich soft smooth malts ... nice Keg at the hanging bat nye 2014... Golden copper. . Thin white lacing... Soft sweet toffee fruit... Light zezty nose... Soft fruits.. Light fruits.. Oily orange fruits 3.7

Leighton (22820) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Cask at the White Horse, during the Old Ale Festival. Pours clear, shiny ruby with a faint head. Decent hop aroma, some sweet bread, crackers. Medium sweet flavor, with fresh toast, grass, candy and toasty grain. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Faintly warming finish, sticky, quite bitter, more grass, some wood, toasted sugars. Not bad overall.

Rasmus40 (22171) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle @ Yespr tasting. Vintage 2013. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 221114

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